Starting in September 2017, all new homes in South Miami, Florida, will be required to have solar panels installed. In a recent Motherboard article, the author details how South Florida became one of the very few communities in America to adopt such a measure.
The move to push for mandated solar panels was apparently initiated by a local high school student. This energy-conscious student reportedly wrote to several Florida mayors, asking them to require the use of panels on new houses.
Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami was already a proponent of solar power, and was aware of the benefits offered by this alternative form of energy. The new measure requires that only 175 square feet of solar panels be fitted into every 1,000 square feet of roof space that is sunlit.
Interestingly, the Motherboard article mentions how both California and Florida possess ideal climate conditions for the use of solar power. While solar power has been widely embraced in California, the whole concept has been met with resistance in the Sunshine State.
The Republican leadership in Florida has received significant financial contributions from utility companies, and consistently ignores the benefits of solar energy. Lots of people in Florida do utilize solar power, however, and are interested in the expansion of this common-sense form of energy.
Mayor Stoddard cited the many advantages of utilizing solar panels to the press recently, and revealed that by using solar energy his personal electricity bill usually amounts to less than ten dollars per month.